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1/28/2014 10:47:00 AM
Letter: marijuana dispensary provides relief (and compassion)

To the editor:

I recently moved from Williams to Charleston because I developed breast cancer and wanted to be close to my family. It was with sadness that I left this beautiful town with wonderful people.

As a home health nurse, I was invited into many homes to care for the fine folks in Williams and I will treasure that work experience until the day I die.

I would also like to acknowledge the incredible people who work at the Williams Clinic who I worked with and when I was diagnosed with cancer were loving and supportive. How fortunate we are to have that kind of caring atmosphere.

I would also like to include the folks who work at the Williams dispensary. I had debilitating side effects from chemotherapy that traditional medication did not control. On one dark and snowy night when I was laying on the bathroom floor in tears at the pain and agony, Greg called the folks at the dispensary. They were closing up for the night but remained open for me. I went into the dispensary in my pajamas and tear soaked face and found compassion, love and understanding. I also found relief from my side effects that enabled me to get a few hours of sleep and a little nourishment. These folks were every bit a part of my health care team as the oncologists who pumped me full of poisons so I could live.

I understand the concerns parents and citizens have about kids exposure to marijuana. However, these same parents would not ask the pharmacy at Safeway to close up shop because their kids were accessing prescription drugs illegally. Teaching kids to say no and finding other outlets for recreation and problem solving is what is required.

Again, I thank the good people of Williams for a wonderful life experience and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Brooks, RN

Charleston, S.C.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

Nothing like people trying to limit personal freedom.

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014
Article comment by: Fred Thompson

Nancy, I am very sorry to hear of your ailment and I am glad you were able to find relief. But, I think that we're skipping over some of the key concerns raised several months ago. The location of the facility is right on the main drag in plain view of tourism. It could have easily been granted a permit to conduct business away from our main economic lifeline in Williams. During the permit process, time after time we were told that the number of legal card holders in the area was listed at 12 which questioned the business viability of the facility unless they sold outside of their legal restrictions. Most people's concern with the facility has had nothing to do with anyone's serious medical problems or the abuse of prescription drugs at Safeway. It is simply trying to get to the truth about the hows and whys of this company's background, business practices and ability to get special treatment from our town council.

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